We originally did not plan to visit Southern Spain, but we’re now glad we decided to head this way because the area has presented many pleasant surprises. Here are a few highlights as we head west from Valencia, mostly along the coast.
Lighthouse atop Cap De Sant Antoni.
Our nearby overnight perch.
The incredible view of the harbor at Xabia.
Have to throw these windshield shots in every so often, so you don’t forget that this truly is a “road trip.”
The El Chamizo restaurant n Moraira caught our eye as we drove by, so we turned around to check it out more closely. The setting reminded us of Santa Barbara, California.
We easily decided to take time to enjoy this view (the menu looked good too).
Local rosé wine and house salad for starters.
Paella de Marisco (seafood) for two. Even waterfront dining out is reasonably priced in Spain. Gotta love that!
The Peñon de Ifach rock, located between the Calpe beaches looms large over the buildings.
And over my head.
West beach at Calpe.
We walked up hundreds of stairs in Altea to visit the old town. The streets were much too narrow for HaRVy so we had to park at the train station below.
Built over a hundred years ago with money collected by the 5,690 people residing in the village, the Church of Our Lady of Consolation of Altea stands tall at the hilltop.
View from the top. Can you spot HaRVY?
Walking the cobblestone streets back down.
I wonder how much this seafront penthouse condo is worth. Needs a bit of work, but the view is outstanding.
We camped in the shadow of this lighthouse at Cabo de Palos seen here at sunrise/moon set.
This theater was built between 5 and 1 BC. In 1988 the first remains were discovered during a construction project. The archaeological excavations and the restorations were completed in 2003.
Las Gredas de Bolnuevo are heavily eroded sandstone formations along the beach of Bolnuevo. The sandstone shapes were sculpted by water and wind over thousands of years and are considered as a monument of natural interest.
Loving the sunshine. We haven’t seen a drop of rain since arriving in Spain! This beach is at Mazarrón.
The beach in front of “Torguga Mora,” a great little campground run by Domingo and his son Sergio near Aguila.
Gotta love this campground map. Very laid back, relaxing, and far from everything. Just what we needed for a few days.
Being short time visitors (unlike most here for months), we didn’t get a waterfront site, but the view of the farm fields and distant mountains wasn’t too bad. Hey, what do you want for 8 Euros a night?!?